Iskra Lawrence Opens Up About the Reason She "Hated" the Skin On Her Arms for So Long
The Aerie model revealed she has a condition called keratosis pilaris.
If there's anyone who understands what body positivity really means, it's Iskra Lawrence. The 28-year-old model is a brand ambassador for the National Eating Disorders Association, she's a global Role Model for Aerie, and she basically never shares retouched photos of herself.
But the key to understanding body positivity is recognizing the difference between self-love and self-acceptance—a distinction that Lawrence knows well. (Related: Can You Love Your Body and Still Want to Change It?)
She recently opened up about a part of her body that she "hated" for years: her arms.
The reason behind Lawrence's insecurity? Keratosis pilaris.
"Little did I know that it's VERY common with over 3 million cases per year in the U.S. alone," she wrote in an Instagram post. "But because skin is photoshopped and smoothed all over the media, magazines, and now social media, it makes it seem like there's something wrong if you don't have crystal clear, smooth skin." (Related: Iskra Lawrence Shared a Compelling Message About Body Dysmorphia and Disordered Eating)
ICYDK, keratosis pilaris is a skin condition that presents as dry, rough patches and tiny bumps, typically on the upper arms, thighs, cheeks, or butt, according to Mayo Clinic.
As Lawrence said, it's an extremely common condition, and the good news is, it's totally harmless. While keratosis pilaris can't be cured or prevented, it can be treated with moisturizers or prescription creams, according to the American Academy of Dermatology.
Several people in the comments section of Lawrence's post related to the model's experience with the skin condition.
"I have it too!! Used to hate my skin bc of it, but I'm working on growing passed [sic] it," wrote one commenter. "People always used to say I had 'chicken skin,'" wrote another.
The reality is, "no skin is perfect and it's not meant to be," Lawrence said. And that's exactly why she chooses to put her insecurities out there for the world to see: to let others know they're not alone.